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Richmond Little League officials are hopeful they can begin the organization’s 60th season in either late June or early July.

Officials with the Richmond Little League are moving forward — cautiously — with a plan they hope will lead to the return of youth baseball this summer to Lake Reba.

The league will allow field time for groups of less than 10 at designated times and places starting on May 26. Teams are tentatively scheduled to be able to practice together for the first time on June 12.

A start date for the season has not been set, yet. It would likely occur in late June or early July, depending on the recommendations of Governor Andy Beshear and the Centers for Disease Control on the situation with the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are committed to try to do something for the kids,” Richmond Little League President Phyllis Adams said. “They have lost out on so much, but we have to do it in a way that they are protected and safe.”

The Richmond Little League was set to open its 60th season in April.

Those plans, of course, had to be changed when the COVID-19 virus swept across the country.

On April 30, Little League announced the cancelation of all regional, national and international competitions. That decision did not, however, prohibit local and state branches of the organization from playing this season.

Kentucky State Little League has agreed to push back postseason tournament. The district competition would not likely begin until the last week of August.

Richmond Little League passed out uniforms to teams in three leagues last weekend during a drive-up event at Lake Reba. Those players were also given a 60th anniversary shirt.

The rest of the uniforms are set to be handed out this weekend.

The parents and players were also given a letter which indicated when and where field time would be available.

Teams for all the leagues have already been selected, but Richmond Little League is still accepting entries for its Senior League. To register, go to  https://richmondlittleleague.info

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